Blogging is so much bigger in the online community now than it was when I first started. Beauty and fashion bloggers grace the pages of well-known magazines. Craft magazines have sprung up out of nowhere (believe me Mollie Makes & Oh Comely were not about in 2008!), PR companies have built relationships with bloggers, magazines run articles on how to boost your online sales and how to become a successful blog author.
Some bloggers offer advice on how to blog and others point out the pitfalls of bad blogging etiquette. It's difficult to recall why I started blogging in the first place and to define what my blog is. Is it a diary? A way to stay in touch with people on the other side of the world? Somewhere to share images that I like? Somewhere to display my talent? A place to meet other like-minded individuals? Somewhere to share ideas?
I don't think I've ever had a clear idea of what I wanted my blog to be. At first it merely went hand-in-hand with crafting and by reading other blogs I found other people who had similar interests. At some point I became intrigued by the statistical aspect of it and compared myself to other blogs. Perhaps it would be right to say that I went as far as mimicking other blogs. I think I emulated them to see if I could achieve the same level of success, after all, it's fairly natural to want to compete, to be the best.
For the last couple of months my blog has confounded me somewhat. I've been blogging more often but at times that has left me with virtually nothing to say. I have started pushing myself to get my camera out more though and so my photography has begun to improve, something I may not have pursued without my blog.
Now I'm at another new chapter in my life. I leave Jamie's Italian this Sunday. I'm an older, (possibly wiser!), different person to whom I was when I first began this journey. I am more confident than I was then, I dress differently, I look different, I have an amazing partner who has a child, I am an aunt and I have fallen in love with my camera.
Whatever my blog is now, it has become, and will continue to be, a reflection of me. I don't need to be pigeon-holed or to compete with myself. This is my journey and it is a privilege and a joy to share it with you.